A monumental change to the DVSA learner driving test happened on the 4th December 2017, issuing new rules, adding new manoeuvres and instructing drivers to follow a Sat Nav during the practical driving test.
The new changes came into effect to combat road traffic accidents, which are likely to occur in the first year for a newly-passed driver. This is said to be due to lack of experience using a Sat Nav and the unfamiliarity of driving independently after relying on an instructor’s help for so long.
Here at Cuuver, we want to update you on the new learner driving test rules, to educate you on how the new test can actually benefit you in the long run.
Introduction of the Sat Nav
Though frustrating for drivers who have sat the old-style test, the Sat Nav is a great new addition to the driving test, and gaining this experience of independent driving provides insurers with more confidence that when learner drivers pass their test, they will practise safe driving; they are more familiar with independent driving, compared to the old test.
Putting ‘show me questions’ into action while driving
Many learner drivers become so accustomed to their driving instructor’s car’s features, when they begin driving independently they forget how they need to switch on certain features. For instance, a driving instructor’s car may have automatic wipers; they may already have the front and rear heater on when the learner arrives and their car is more than likely to have automatic daylight lamps.
Therefore, when it comes to driving their own car, they may forget simple procedures such as turning their fog lights on, which is obviously very dangerous because other road users cannot see them in hazy or dark conditions. For instance, an instructor may ask you while you’re driving, ‘When it’s safe, please show me how to operate the windscreen wipers”, in which you will check your mirrors and operate the switch needed to clean the windows.
Actually practising these things in the car you are going to take your test in, in the run-up to the test, will prepare you for when you pass and own your own vehicle.
The ‘reverse around a corner’ and ‘turn-in-the-road’ portions are now obsolete from the DVSA practical test, but will still be taught to learners. They have instead been replaced with two other reversing manoeuvres, as well as parallel parking, which still remains as a manoeuvre on your test. The new tricks include:
– Reverse into a bay
– Park in a bay – driving forward into an appropriate bay in a car park
– Pull up on the right-hand side of the road and reverse two car lengths
Practising these new manoeuvres will improve a driver’s ability to drive safely and prepare for all possible situations once they are on the road, alone. Any indication that you can drive safely will bode well with an insurer – so bear that in mind when you’re grumbling about the new test.
Additional driving courses…
Participating in further safety driving courses will also shave money off costly insurance premiums. The Pass Plus course is an optional safety course for new drivers, who have the opportunity to practise safe motorway driving, driving on dual carriageways and visiting rural roads, as some of these roads cannot be covered on a standard learner driving lesson, particularly motorway driving.
There’s no sure way to guarantee cheaper insurance premiums as a result of the new driving test. Although, thanks to the new levels of safety practise they have introduced into this test, it wouldn’t be a surprise if recent drivers who participated in the new test, saw some sort of reward in later years, for proving they have driven safely according to the new rules.
For more insurance industry news, help and advice, visit Cuuver.com’s blog, today. Or, if you have recently passed your test and are looking to get your new ride out on the road, enquire with us regarding a quote for young driver insurance or get a quote for general car insurance, today.
This should not be construed as advice and is for guidance only.